If you Want to Do Great Work NO Is Your Best Friend

The single word you need most to get more productive is the word no. It’s the word that goes into battle for your priorities. Being comfortable with no let me decide to suck at email for a few days in late November while I finished off a video course. When I asked myself this question: […]

Your Language Makes Excuses for Your Poor Habits

Your language is a window into what your actual thoughts are. When you say “I have to…” what you’re most often saying is “Other people expect me to … and I can’t say no”. When you say “But people will be upset about ….” What you’re really saying is “I can’t get over maybe disappointing […]

Sorting Your Tasks Based on Energy For Better Deep Work

So far in my series on deep work we’ve covered: How to get deep work in when you have random urgent tasks to do The Mullet Method of Deep Work You’ve Only Got 100% to Give For a Few Hours, Then You Have 20% Notifications are stupid If you’ve read them all, you’ve got a […]

All Those Stupid Notifications Don’t Matter

The day after I talked to Eric about his focus times I tried to derail him in Slack. The message went something like this: You shouldn’t be seeing this Eric. You’re supposed to be focused on work. So focus. What do you NEED Need is a hard word because often those around us try to […]

You’ve only got 100% to give for a few hours then you have 20%

Yesterday I talked about my Mullet Method of focused work. One of the keys to that method is that I take a big break from 9 – 12. This break fuels me up for my Manager time later in the day and then for some more Maker time. In October and November 2017, I cut […]

The Mullet Method of Deep Work

There are two pictures of me that I think are stellar. I’m 6 or 7 in them. In one I’m missing a front tooth, and I’m wearing a red plaid shirt. I have short hair up top, and you guessed it, long hair in the back. The other picture is almost the same, except I […]

How Do I get Deep Work Done in the Midst of Random Priority Distractions

A reader name Eric reached out to me recently with this question: I just Instapaper’d a couple of your deep work articles but I had a question: what can you do to get the most deep work possible when a good chunk of your time is taken up by unscheduled, urgent, and energy draining tasks […]

Where to Start When You’re Drowning in Business and Life

When you realize you are out of sync with your Strengths and your goals, and you have put yourself and your health on the back burner, don’t beat yourself up. Just restart. – From Frustrated to Frickin’ Awesome It happens to all of us at some point, including me. I don’t have it all together. […]

No Screen Before Coffee

I recently gave a talk to creatives in my town and the single most talked about topic after was my two rules about phone use and email. No Screen Before Coffee No email before noon Without a doubt, people loved the ideas, but no one I talked to thought that they could implement the strategies […]